Have you tried beef shank?
I love a good steak, but have you ever tried beef shank? It’s an underrated cut of meat that’s not only affordable but also incredibly flavorful. It’s true what they say – the cheaper the cut, the better the taste. Beef shank, also known as beef shin, is a tough muscle that needs to be slow-cooked to become tender and delicious. The great thing is, you can use it in various recipes, or simply cook it down and use the meat across different dishes.
In this video, I’ll be using an Instant Pot because it saves me time and delivers great results. But don’t worry if you don’t have one – all you really need is time. So, let’s dive in and learn how to cook beef shanks to perfection.
Beef Shank with Bone
Meat can vary from country to country, including its quality, taste, and even the way it’s cut. So, there’s a chance you might get beef shank with the bone. But don’t fret! The meat will effortlessly fall off the bone once it’s cooked. In fact, the bone adds a tremendous amount of flavor to your dishes. If you’re unsure about bones, don’t hesitate to ask your butcher to remove them. However, before you make that decision, let me tell you why you might want to keep the bone.
If you’ve been a meat eater for a while, you’ll know that nothing compares to the taste of meat on the bone. The bones infuse a unique and delightful flavor into your dishes. There are also some health benefits to cooking shanks with the bone. Bone broth, which has gained popularity recently, offers a plethora of nutrition. By using the bones, you get homemade beef broth along with a scrumptious meal. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone, or perhaps, two cows. The choice is yours.
What is beef shank?
If you’re still wondering about beef shank, let me explain. It’s the leg part of the cow, situated just under the brisket on the front leg and below the round on the hind leg. In the UK, it’s also referred to as beef shin. Do you know what it’s called in your country?
As I mentioned earlier, beef shank is a muscle that’s constantly in motion, which makes it a tough cut of meat. However, when cooked correctly, as shown in my video, it becomes incredibly tender. You can literally cut through it with a spoon.
Beef Shank Recipe Ideas
One of the most famous dishes made with beef shank is Osso Bucco, although I haven’t made a recipe for that yet. However, I do have a Keto beef bourguignon recipe that you can try. You can follow that recipe and use beef shanks instead.
I also have two exciting new recipes featuring beef shank. One is a Philly cheese steak-style sandwich filling, and the other is a Korean-style beef curry. Both recipes are incredibly easy to make and absolutely delicious. So why not give them a try?
Remember, cooking beef shank is all about patience and slow-cooking. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth tender meat that’s sure to impress. So, grab your apron and let’s get cooking!